IAAF turns to Athens for athletics museum
In a move aimed at capitalizing on the recent success of the country’s Olympic Games, Greece has agreed with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to set up a World Athletics Museum in Athens and to also host an annual Throws Gala at Ancient Olympia in the Peloponnese. Alternate Culture Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia signed a memorandum of cooperation with the IAAF in Florence over the weekend, which foresees the setting up of a 23-million-euro, state-of-the-art athletics museum expected to draw more than one million visitors per year. The museum will be housed in the capacious building used as the International Broadcasting Center during the Olympic Games in Maroussi, northern Athens. «This gives us the ability to exclusively set up the World Athletics Museum,» said Palli-Petralia.